Phillies notes: Rhys Hoskins to make spring debut today


Five months after having surgery to repair a ligament tear in his left elbow, Rhys Hoskins will make his spring debut for the Phillies in a game against the New York Yankees in Clearwater on Thursday afternoon.

The 1 p.m. game will be televised on NBC Sports Philadelphia+.

Hoskins will be the Phillies’ designated hitter, according to manager Joe Girardi. 

Lefty Matt Moore, the team’s presumed No. 4 starter, will make his first start of the spring with Vince Velasquez slated to get some work behind him.

Hoskins was medically cleared for all baseball activities more than a week ago. Girardi had previously said he planned to ease Hoskins into action as a DH before using him defensively at first base. Hoskins has said he plans on being ready for the April 1 season opener, but the Phillies will take the next few weeks to evaluate his readiness.

Since debuting in the majors on Aug. 10, 2017, Hoskins ranks 12th in the majors in homers (91), 16th in RBIs (255), 19th in extra-base hits (183) and fifth in walks (269).

Still no word on when Bryce Harper will make his spring debut. The Phils are home again on Friday so that would make some sense. Like Hoskins, Harper will likely see time as the DH before playing in the field.

Here is the Phillies’ lineup Thursday:

1. Adam Haseley, LF

2. Rhys Hoskins, DH

3. Scott Kingery, CF

4. Alec Bohm, 3B

5. Odubel Herrera, RF

6. CJ Chatham, SS

7. Jeff Mathis, C

8. Nick Maton, 2B

9. Luke Williams, 1B

Matt Moore LHP


Major League Baseball has pushed back the start of the Triple A season until May 4. Like last season, teams will be allowed to run an auxiliary camp for their extra players until the Triple A season begins.

The Double A and Single A seasons will start in early May, as scheduled.

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Phillies’ Triple A club, has adjusted its schedule. It can be found here.


Girardi continues to be impressed with the way Andrew McCutchen is moving. 

“He’s running so much better than he did at any point last year,” Girardi said. “That’s a really good sign.”

McCutchen, the Phils’ left fielder and leadoff man, had surgery to repair a torn ACL in June 2019 and was not at full speed last year.

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